Visit the world’s largest city not located on a body of water. Primetime Vacations Specials takes you to the sprawling, energetic, and populous city of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Primetime Vacations Specials encourages vacationers to skip the usual places and try something new. Johannesburg, South Africa is the perfect place for a mix of big-city culture, shopping, dining, nightlife and up-close adventure and wildlife.
The Emmarentia Dam is a great park for picnics, people watching, and walking dogs. Located next to the Botanical Gardens, the park is very close to downtown but feels far away. The Dam side of the park has a manmade lake, rolling green hills, and ducks and geese. The Gardens have a beautiful rose garden, which blooms year-round, herb garden, succulent garden, and a hedge garden. This is a perfect place to blend in with the locals and enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch.
There are several neighborhoods and housing areas that make the list for top spots to visit in Joburg. From the quirky suburb of Melville, known for its diversity, walkability, and friendliness of residents to Maboneng Precinct, where industrial buildings were converted into a hip area of restaurants, galleries, and small businesses; simply exploring the various ways of life in Johannesburg can be exciting and interesting. One street that is a must is Vilkazi Street, in Soweto, where Nobel Prize winners Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu lived, at the same time.
Located on the edge of the city center, this location provides fantastic views. Beginning as a military fort, Constitution Hill became the site of the Old Fort Prison, where Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, and other freedom fighters were held during apartheid. Now the prison hosts a museum as well as Constitution Court.
As the premier tourist attraction in the city, the Apartheid Museum is essential for learning about South Africa’s rocky racial history. While nothing makes this concept understandable, the museum does the best possible job of showing the turbulent, heart-wrenching, and bewildering segregation that occurred in South Africa from 1948 to 1994. Plan to spend a morning at this museum, soaking in the history.
Joburg has fantastic restaurants, museums, and so many ways to explore modern history. Frequent travelers recommend renting a car, because navigating the public transportation system is quite challenging. Also, when dining out, be sure to book ahead, as locals love to eat out. Johannesburg is the perfect place for a unique and memorable vacation with Primetime Vacations Specials this year. For more information please visit http://www.primetimevacationsspecials.com